The Italian competed in his final MotoGP race final weekend on the Valencia Grand Prix and will switch to a Dakar Rally campaign in 2022 with KTM having misplaced his Tech 3 experience.
It marks the top of a 10-year spell in MotoGP by which Petrucci got here from the very again of the sector in 2012 on the Ioda CRT machine to turning into a double race winner as a manufacturing facility Ducati rider in 2019 and 2020.
Having come by means of the European ranks in manufacturing racing earlier than his MotoGP shot, Petrucci’s route into the premier class of grand prix racing was a vastly unconventional.
Reflecting on his time in MotoGP, he believes he’s prone to be the final rider to have success within the high class of grand prix bike racing with out being seen as a particular expertise.
“The primary time in late 2011 somebody advised me I’m going to race in MotoGP subsequent 12 months, so my mates requested me, ‘Did you ever think about racing in MotoGP?’,” Petrucci stated.
“And I answered, ‘Sure’, as a result of it was all the time a dream of mine. However one factor is speaking in regards to the seat and one other factor is crossing the seat.
“Sincerely, once I began this journey in 2012, I don’t bear in mind if I used to be final however for positive the primary race I used to be final and I broke the bike additionally. For a lot of races I’d be final in apply, final in qualifying and final within the race.
“And I believe I used to be the one nonetheless believing, I by no means give up. Sooner or later the dream got here true and was actually, actually, very nice as a result of perhaps I’m one of many final regular folks to make with out being a phenomenon.
“Once I was younger I used to be only a good rider, I used to be quick however folks had been sooner than me.
“However I by no means stopped believing that I used to be the perfect, and for 2 instances in a race I confirmed to the folks I used to be the perfect no less than in that circuit, on that day.
“Mugello [in 2019] perhaps was sooner or later, however then I confirmed to myself at Le Mans [in 2020] that I might nonetheless win races.”
Former Pramac teammate Jack Miller doesn’t imagine any rider barring an distinctive few come into MotoGP as phenomenons and says the hassle Petrucci put in to turn out to be aggressive is proof to him that the Italian is “a legend”.
“The phenomenon factor I don’t suppose exists – okay, perhaps [Moto3 champion] Pedro Acosta, or someone like that,” Miller stated when requested about Petrucci’s feedback.
“However they’re few and much between. However Danilo had a expertise, and never solely a expertise; he labored for it.
“If you happen to see pictures of him on the Ioda, with a face like a moon, after which when he hopped onto the Ducati, what he did to his physique to have the ability to be aggressive right here, he labored for it. The man is a legend.”